As the U.S. and Russia announce that an agreement has been reached on a new START treaty today, the wider issues of nuclear weapons and security come to the forefront of international discussion. USIP has a range of experts, activities and programs on negotiations, arms control and Russia.

For Immediate Release, March 26, 2010
Contact: Allison Sturma, 202/429-4725 or asturma@usip.org

(Washington) - As the U.S. and Russia announce that an agreement has been reached on a new START treaty today, the wider issues of nuclear weapons and security come to the forefront of international discussion.

USIP has a range of experts, activities and programs on negotiations, arms control and Russia.

Experts

  • Paul Hughes (nuclear security, international non-proliferation, Russia)
    Senior Program Officer and Executive Director, Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, a bipartisan body headed by former Defense Secretaries William Perry and James Schlesinger
    Director of national security policy on the Army staff (2000-2002); former deputy director of the Office for Humanitarian Assistance and Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (1996 to 2000)
    Phone: (202) 429-7167
    Cell: (301) 461-8910
    E-mail: phughes@usip.org
  • Bruce MacDonald (nuclear security, international non-proliferation)
    Senior Director, Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States
    Project leader for the Council on Foreign Relations’ study of China, Space Weapons, and U.S. Security; former assistant director for national security at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; former member of the U.S. START delegation in Geneva
    Office Phone: (202) 429-3832
    Cell Phone: (703) 346-3347
    E-mail: bmacdonald@usip.org
  • Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala (nuclear security, international non-proliferation)
    Jennings Randolph Senior Visiting Scholar
    President of the 1995 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference; undersecretary-general for Disarmament Affairs (1998-2003); and director of United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) (1987-1992)
    Phone: 202-429-7164
    E-mail: jdhanapala@usip.org
  • Tara Sonenshine  (Russia)
    Executive Vice President
    Former transition director for the National Security Council (NSC); special assistant to President Clinton and deputy director of communications for the NSC (1994-1995)
    Phone: (202) 429-3826
    Email: tsonenshine@usip.org
  • Ambassador William Taylor  (Russia)
    Vice President, Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations
    U.S. ambassador to Ukraine (2006-2009); U.S. representative to the Mideast Quartet; director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (2004-2005); coordinator of international and U.S. assistance to Afghanistan (2002-2003); coordinator of U.S. assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
    Phone: (202) 429-3871
    E-mail: wtaylor@usip.org
  • Abiodun Williams (international non-proliferation)
    Vice President, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention
    Former associate dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University; director of strategic planning in the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General (2001-2007)
    Phone: (202) 429-4772
    E-mail: awilliams@usip.org
  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat (international non-proliferation)
    Associate Vice President, Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program
    Adjunct associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; former senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
    Phone: (202) 429-4715
    E-mail: coudraat@usip.org

Selected Publications

Projects and Collaborations

  • USIP and the Nixon Center are collaborating on a U.S.-Russia Dialogue Project which examines interests at stake on non-proliferation and arms control issues.
  • USIP and the Center for American Progress are examining Russia’s relations with its neighbors to identify possible conflicts that could be avoided if addressed in advance.
  • USIP and the Stimson Center are co-sponsoring a study group which focuses on alternative strategies for shaping Iran’s nuclear future.
  • USIP and the Stimson Center also formed a Space Security Working Group to consider ways to pursue the objectives outlined in the Space Posture Review.
  • USIP and the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction from the National Defense University created a Non-Proliferation Working Group to examine nonproliferation issues related to a variety of second-tier aspiring nuclear powers, such as Syria, Burma and Venezuela.
  • USIP and the University of Ottawa will conduct a series of Track 2 meetings regarding India and Pakistan nuclear security and possible arms control measures for the South Asia region.
  • USIP and the National Academy of Sciences will produce a report on topics related to improving cooperation between policymakers and scientists.
  • USIP and George Washington University co-sponsored a two-day conference on Nuclear Weapons Free Zones

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